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Life in Shat, Locals of UK village with unusual name share their stories

…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

In a small village in West Yorkshire, UK, locals are opening up about life in their unusual community.

The village is named Shat, but its official name is Skelmanthorpe, and it has around 4,500 residents.

The area has a long history dating back to the ninth century Viking invasion.

Shat Travel, anyone?
Shat Travel, anyone?

Shat is known for having an uncertain nickname meaning.

Some say that it was coined during the construction of a railway tunnel when workers shattered rocks, while others believe that the nickname originates from the family that lived there during Norman the Conqueror’s time and employed “hard soldiers” they called Shatterers.

Despite the uncertain origins of its nickname, locals seem to love it.

Gary Haigh, a resident of over 30 years, said that his local bar, the Tipsy Cow, has a friendly atmosphere and live bands on every few weeks.


The are has been labelled as 'up and coming'
The are has been labelled as ‘up and coming’

Erica Savage, a local business owner, even goes as far as calling it “up and coming”.

She mentioned that the village used to be “insular”, but it is now welcoming to everyone since new houses are being built regularly.

Shat has two schools, five churches, and a cricket team that dates back to 1876.

Business owner Erica Savage welcomes newbies to the village
Business owner Erica Savage welcomes newbies to the village

It is also the birthplace of Jodie Whitaker, a former Doctor Who star.

However, Savage believes that the village needs more housing to address social inequality, despite some locals’ resistance to it.

She said, “I think all people can have a tendency to be ‘not in my backyard,’ and maybe there has been resistance to the new houses.

I see it as a positive… I am glad housing is happening.”

The article is a human-interest story that provides a glimpse into a small village in West Yorkshire, UK, known for its peculiar name.


The piece is light-hearted and emphasizes the locals’ positive experiences living in Shat, despite its nickname’s uncertain origins.

It also touches on the village’s history and current events, such as the ongoing housing developments.

The article’s tone is upbeat and highlights the village’s sense of community, with quotes from long-time residents and business owners who welcome newcomers.

The article offers a charming look at life in a small UK village.


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